How to Draw a Cartoon Polar Bear Cub
(the Easy Way)
Do you want to learn how to draw a cartoon polar bear cub? Take to the
ice and get your pencil at the ready to draw this cute
polar bear! It's easy when you follow our four simple paw prints.
Brrrrr! With more "ice" than Kanye West, the polar bear is the
undisputed king of the Arctic Circle and this cute little cub is just
finding his feet (or, should that be paws?) in the snow. Impress your
friends and family by learning how to draw a cartoon polar bear cub -
one of these amazing
creatures, which have featured heavily in folklore from the ancient
tales of the Innuits and native Americans up to modern movies such as
The Golden Compass in 2007.
STEP-1: Drawing the Outline of the Body
Learning how to draw a cartoon polar bear cub is easy - simply
two intersecting circles, one smaller, one larger. These will form the
basis for our awesome Arctic buddy!
STEP-2: Adding Detail to our Polar Prince
Having drawn the basic outline, let's start
some detail to those basic circles. On the smaller circle (our polar
cube's head) draw two upside down 'U' shapes for the ears and then
small circles for the eyes. For the nose, draw an upside down
Polar bears have an awesome sense of smell and can
detect food more than 1.6 kilometers away or buried beneath three feet
Let's also add a cute tail by drawing a cloud-like shape
the right hand side of the body. Isn't learning how to draw a cartoon
polar bear cub fun!
STEP-3: Adding some more Features
For our next step in learning how to draw a
cartoon polar bear cub, let's add some more details to really bring our
polar prince to life. Draw two smaller upside down 'U' shapes to
the inside of our polar cube's ears. Then, draw the mouth by drawing a
vertical line down from the nose, followed by two 'U' shapes either
There, our awesome Arctic buddy is smiling in the snow!
We can also start drawing the legs at this stage - draw a series of
curved lines as in our illustration. Polar bears are the largest
terrestrial carnivores on the planet and an adult male can weigh as
much as 350 - 680kg! So, make the legs thick and powerful to support
STEP-4: Bringing our Polar prince to Life!
Wow, our little
king of the Arctic is really starting to take shape! Let's add some
more details to our cute cub and create an epic finished drawing to
really impress your friends and family. Complete the ears by drawing
lines at the bottom of each 'U' shape.
Now, for our final steps in learning how to draw a
cartoon polar bear cub, let's finish off those legs
and give our polar prince those all important paws - no
bear would be seen without his paws, right? Although polar bears have
four legs, only three are visable in our drawing.
This is because the
other leg is hidden from view behind the body. Be sure to make the paws
nice and large - our friend from the frozen lands is going to need
these when walking through the snow or swimming in the icy waters of
the Arctic Ocean!
Once you're done, rub out any lines you don't need
and then get those polar pens at the ready to color our awesome buddy
in! Draw the outline in black first, then we're ready to finish the
body. In the wild, polar bears are, of course, white, but we're going
to use an icy blue for visual interest. This is what's termed "artistic
licence" it's when you alter reality a little to get the
effect and it's a technique you can see in almost every cartoon
ever been created.
Once you've colored in the body, select a darker
blue for the insides of the ears. Color the eyes and nose in black,
remembering to leave a small area of the nose white to represent a
highlight - you can add to this effect by taking the darker blue pen
and drawing another line around the edge of this white area to make our
polar prince's nose look 3D. There you go, now you know how to
draw a cartoon polar bear cub. Awesome!
Our polar bear is now ready to go
out in the snow or swim in the icy waters. How come they don't feel
cold? That's because polar bears have a really thick coat and a layer
of blubber surrounding their bodies measuring up to 10cm in depth! Hope
you had fun drawing our Arctic buddy - why not practice drawing a
family of polar bears using these directions as a starting point?